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Christmas dates

Do you feel like there’s no time for dates during the Christmas season? 

Plenty of couples put their marriage on pause to focus on family during the holidays. As a result, they end up deeply disconnected by the start of the new year. 

The truth is, you can’t afford not to date your spouse, especially during the holidays. 

In fact, research shows that married couples who participate in activities together have a lower divorce rate and feel better about the quality of their marriage. 

Are you ready to get your marriage on the calendar this month but unsure where to start? 

As always, couples in the ONE Family have many creative date ideas to inspire you this Christmas season. 

Remember, going on dates as a married couple is so much more than just spending time together. These memorable moments strengthen your Recreational Intimacy Pillar. And since all of The 6 Pillars of Intimacy® are interconnected, strong recreational intimacy helps boost every other area of your marriage.  

Your dates dont have to be elaborate or intense. Anything you do with your spouse that is fun and creates memories counts toward your recreational intimacy.

But Christmas dates do more than help your marriage thrive; they keep you healthy and happy, too!

Engaging in fun activities can lower stress levels, boost your mood, help you sleep better, and make you more creative and productive. 

Who doesn’t want more of that, especially during the holiday season? 

From extravagant adventures to no-cost connection, check out these Christmas date ideas: 

Out on the Town

  • Have a progressive dinner date downtown to admire the Christmas decorations.
  • Go Christmas shopping together.
  • Drive through nearby neighborhoods to look at Christmas lights.
  • Attend a Christmas lights event at the zoo, park, or other location.

At-Home Christmas Dates

  • Wear matching Christmas-themed underwear, eat dinner, and watch a movie together.
  • Play musical instruments together.
  • Curl up together on the couch while watching football.
  • Play board games just the two of you. (Remember, dates with your kids are not dates!)

Holiday Baking Dates

  • Make gingerbread houses.
  • Bake Christmas cookies after the kids have gone to bed and dance around the kitchen.

Sexy Christmas Ideas

  • Dress up in Christmas-themed lingerie.
  • Complete a Christmas sex challenge.
  • Take a bubble bath together.

Adventurous Dates

  • Go cross-country skiing, ice skating, or snowmobiling.
  • Go on ski dates with hot chocolate at the local coffee shop afterward.
  • If your budget allows, go on a weekend getaway.

Don’t read this list without taking action. You have permission to steal these date ideas! That’s the beauty of the ONE Family. 

And don’t use finances as an excuse. You can prioritize recreational intimacy with low-cost or no-cost date ideas. In fact, there are plenty of free Christmas activities you can enjoy, whether at home or in town. 

Marriage requires intentionality all year long, especially during the busy holiday months. 

You might feel like there’s no time for dates this time of year. 

But with so many unique activities taking place during Christmastime, don’t miss out on countless new memories and meaningful connection with your spouse.


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